Sunday, June 8, 2014

Review of Samanthe Beck's Best Man with Benefits (+Giveaway)


Blurb: How far can one favor go…
 
Logan McCade arrives at his best friend’s wedding overworked and in desperate need of a vacation, only to discover his best man duties have been…expanded. He must coax Colton’s little sister out of her shell so she doesn’t hide in her room all week. Logan figures he can handle one introverted bridesmaid, but he’s not expecting how much he enjoys “handling” Sophie…or how much she enjoys being handled.

Socializing has never been web designer Sophie Brooks’s strong suit, but she’s determined to shed her wallflower image and embrace the “New Sophie”—a feat made easier with the supremely sexy Logan McCade tempting her to explore all her forbidden fantasies. If she’s not careful, she just might fall for the best man.

Sophie’s sweet, sexy, and delectably awkward demeanor brings much-needed calm to Logan’s hectic life. With the nuptials only days away, Logan is forced to face the possibility that his favor to a friend might have become something else entirely…and that he’s not willing to let Sophie go. Ever.

Excerpt: Logan McCade never considered himself an ass man, but the heart-shaped one packed into snug black jeans practically begged to be kissed, licked, bitten, and quite possibly spanked. The distraction in question snagged his attention as he approached the Beaver Creek Resort concierge desk, which made all of the above highly unfeasible.

Still, the soaring ceilings, dark wood beams, and huge river-rock fireplace of the resort’s lobby couldn’t compete with the tight, round handful traveling in close company with toned legs that gave the impression of going on forever. A nice illusion, considering the woman leaning against the marble-topped counter looked about five foot nothing in her flat black sandals—even when she rose onto her tiptoes to speak to the resort manager.

He couldn’t catch the full conversation, just her quiet, halting voice saying, “I-I think I’m going to hyperventilate.”

As she finished speaking, she rocked down on her heels and took a half step back from the desk. Now that she wasn’t leaning on the counter, the hem of her oversize white shirt settled below her hips, curtaining the world’s most bitable backside.

Keep walking, he told himself, because thanks to a call from his CFO about some issues they’d hit with a potential acquisition, he was already late to the official kickoff dinner for Colton and Kady’s epic week of wedding fun. As best man, he ought to be on time for shit like that, but something about the damsel in distress talking to the concierge—and, okay, maybe it was her sweet little ass in those clingy pants—had him detouring to the desk.

A shower of light from the chandelier splashed auburn streaks through chin-length dark hair that had been ambushed by restless hands a few too many times. Something about the texture and color set a flare of familiarity firing in his brain. He couldn’t see her face from this angle, but he heard the resort manager reply, “…our sincere apologies, Miss Brooks. Please don’t hyperventilate. Rest assured, we’ll locate your dresses and have them sent to your room as soon as possible.”

Miss Brooks? As in…

“Sophie?”


Review: You know, I have no idea why I haven't read more from Samanthe Beck before. I've read one of her McCade Brothers books and really enjoyed that one a lot. I suppose not having a great deal of time to read at my leisure is to blame. Nonetheless, I'm making it my business to read more from this author very soon.

To be completely honest, the plot wasn't necessarily anything new, but it's the writing that grabbed me from the start. The story and dialogue all flowed so well. I'm completely hooked to this author's "voice". She's definitely wonderful with description and imagery. I love it.

The story did have a few little twists that surprised me. Mainly those had to do with Sophie's character, especially when her inner vixen comes out. The "belt" scene...her reaction, after the initial "sting", cracked me up. The intimate scenes were super hot. Good Lord, that scene after the dance rehearsal... Mmm Logan.

Another thing that really hit home for me with this particular book was Sophie's interpretation of her self image. How many of us have stood in front of the mirror and frowned, totally unhappy at the image looking back at us? The missed opportunities to say something truly epic that are usually gone when something truly ridiculous comes out of our mouths instead? Lacking the trust it takes to form meaningful relationships? (Yeah, don't leave me hanging here. Surely, I can't be the only one who's experienced some of these things.) Back to the point, Sophie isn't unlike many of the women in the world. She's unsure of herself, lacking confidence, and at times, sabotages her own potential happiness with feelings of distrust and inadequacy. Personally, the heroine's character made me sympathize with her all the more because I can easily understand her feelings in a similar situation. Despite her internal issues, Logan stuck with her and never let her doubt her beauty around him. You have to love a hero like that. I mean, come on!

All in all, I'm totally digging on Best Man with Benefits. It's a well-written, sweet read with lots of sexy bits. You should totally give it a try.

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Author Bio: Samanthe Beck lives in Malibu, California with her husband, their young son, a furry ninja named Kitty, and Bebe the trash talkin’ Chihuahua. When not writing fun, contemporary, melt-your-Kindle sexy romances for Entangled Publishing’s Brazen imprint, she searches for the perfect cabernet to pair with Ambien.

Be sure to visit her at: Website

***To help celebrate her newest release, Best Man with Benefits, I'm offering one lucky commenter their choice of a digital copy of one of her previously released titles. Just be sure to comment with your email address so I can contact you. Good luck!***

Also, don't forget to enter Brazen's Release Day Blast for the Wedding Dare Series on 06/09/2014 HERE.

2 comments:

  1. Blurb and excerpt sound good and so did the review.
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  2. Okay gonna have to try this one. I love when they grab me right from the start. I'm good with those tried and true set ups as long as the author can get my attention like that :)

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